Excuse me, the irritated uptight looking soccer mom rudely gestured at the stock boy. Do you have a gluten free aisle, my son is allergic to gluten. Almost on cue the other shoppers turned away from the woman and rolled their eyes in unison. I laughed. I thought it sounded made up. Turns out the store didn't carry gluten free items. This is a bodega lady, we giggled. Well, I've come a long way from that awkward bodega night.
Although I don't have a gluten allergy, or any kind of allergy for that matter, I am still fascinated by the lifestyle. It was something I feared, I couldn't imagine life without "flavor", but was soon proven wrong by some kick ass recipes I recreated in the kitchen. And after tasting Jacqueline aka The Dusty Baker's incredible gluten free baked goods from mocha chocolate torte, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, pistachio biscotti, beer brownies and even red velvet pancakes that were better than most bakery goods I've tasted made me a believer. The fascination grew and I am now happily interning for Easy Eats blog under Jacqueline.
So I attempted to make a gluten free and vegan brownie for two in just 6 minutes. Just a few ingredients, and this could be a naughty midnight snack. Tim and I shared this dessert and both felt satisfied with our half. To be honest, Tim didn't even know it was vegan/gluten free/microwaved. Did I mention only 280 calories per serving?
6 Minute Gluten Free/Vegan Chocolate Brownie For Two
Nutrition Facts (Per serving, serves 2)
13 grams of fat
42 grams of carbs
3.7 grams of protein
1/4 cup of mini chocolate chips
1 tablespoon of apple sauce
3/4 teaspoon of agar agar flakes
2 tablespoons of white rice flour
1 1/2 tablespoons of flax seed meal
2 tablespoons of sweetened apple sauce
2 tablespoons of mini chocolate chips
In a ramekin, place 1/4 cup of chocolate chips with 1 tablespoon of apple sauce mixed. Place in microwave for 1 1/2 minutes. Mix well with a fork until chocolate is completely melted. Add your agar agar flakes, and mix until fully combined.
Add your white rice flour, flax seed meal, apple sauce, and chocolate chips. Mix well and put back into the microwave for 3 minutes. When ready, allow to cool for a minute or two before removing with a potholder. Careful, VERY HOT!!
Serve warm, share with your sweetheart. Serves two, or if or just one if you're hungry enough.